T-Mobile Boosts HSPA+ Coverage, Talks Network Suppliers
T-Mobile USA recently announced a new expansion of its HSPA+ 42Mbps network. The new markets gaining faster network speeds include Little Rock, Ark.; Springfield Mo.; Hattiesburg, Miss., and Madison, Wis. Together with its existing base, T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ now covers 220 million people in 229 markets. In addition to its network expansion, T-Mobile also announced that it has selected Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks to supply it with wireless networking gear as it builds out its 4G networks. The two networking companies will provide and install 37,000 3GPP2 Release 10-compatible cell sites around the country. T-Mobile noted that it expects to be able to offer 3G services on it 1900MHJz spectrum before the end of the year. It is in the process of refarming its spectrum and will move 3G services from 1700MHz to 1900Mhz in order to open the 1700MHz spectrum up for its planned LTE network. It expects to launch LTE in 2013.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
T-Mobile Talks Up Plans for 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile today revealed what it expects to do with the 700MHz spectrum it recently acquired from Verizon Wireless. The company said this block of spectrum covers 158 million Americans, or 9 of the top 10 - and 21 of the top 30 - markets around the country.
T-Mobile Nearly Done Integrating MetroPCS
T-Mobile today said it has migrated the majority of MetroPCS customers off the company's legacy CDMA network and onto its own LTE network. T-Mobile says fewer than 500,000 MetroPCS customers are still using the CDMA network.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.
Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done
Sprint recently indicated that its years-long Network Vision project is coming to a close. Sprint's 1900MHz LTE network covers 260 million POPs, according to Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who made the comments at a Bank of America investor conference this week.